Scholarships & Financial Aid

Office of International Education Scholarships

Due to generous donations in support of education abroad, the Office of International education has limited funds available for study abroad scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The deadline to apply is November 1 for study abroad the following spring semester and April 1 for study abroad the following fall semester. In order to apply, prepare a statement of need, and submit it to the Office of International Education before the above-mentioned deadline. You can email the statement to Noah Goldblatt, the Director of Study Abroad. Preference will be given to students studying abroad at Champlain Abroad campuses in Montreal and Dublin. All scholarship applicants must meet the criteria below:

  • Be enrolled in a degree program at Champlain College
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prepare a statement of need for the Office of International Education by April 1st for Fall semester and November 1st for Spring

Champlain Students

Once you are accepted to the Champlain Abroad program, you will qualify for an adjustment to your financial aid package that will meet your semester abroad costs. The adjustment will reflect the cost of participating in the Montreal or Dublin program and excludes work-study, which cannot be transferred to either international program.

For Montreal, Dublin, and Exchange programs, students receive institutional financial aid.  For 3rd party study abroad programs, only federal aid is available, and students are required to stay enrolled at Champlain College while studying abroad.  Information about 3rd party study abroad fees is here.

Non-Champlain Students

Non-Champlain students accepted to the Champlain Abroad Program in Montreal or Dublin seeking student loans and federal or state grants while studying abroad with Champlain Abroad must visit the study abroad and financial aid offices at their home institution and ask to have a consortium agreement established with the Champlain College Office of Financial Aid. This allows the home institution to process federal aid and transfer it to Champlain Abroad for a semester or year abroad. Your home institution's financial aid office should contact the Champlain College Office of Financial Aid to process the request. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. Note: You are responsible for knowing and adhering to the deadlines for applying for financial aid for your home institution.

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State offers the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to students with limited financial means who would like to study or intern abroad. Students may only receive the scholarship once and must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during their time abroad. Students who study specific languages during their time abroad may also be eligible for a higher award through the Critical Need Language Award. Students who are interested in applying should visit the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship website. Note: Students must apply to this scholarship separately from their Federal and institutional aid packages.

Additional Financial Support

Additional scholarship opportunities may be available through a variety of different organizations. Here are links to some great resources:  

  • IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding - This Institute of International Education page has links and explanations for resources to help you plan and pay for study abroad.
  • Study Abroad Scholarships - This website explains the options for financial aid when studying abroad.
  • Diversity Abroad - This website has resources available to help students plan their study abroad trip, as well as offering several scholarships.
  • Fund for Education Abroad - FEA offers scholarships with preference given to students with demonstrated financial need, first generation college students, and minority students.
  • USA Study Abroad - This government run website has information on government funded scholarships students can apply for, as well as other resources to help you plan.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars - This website has tools and information about financial aid for students.
  • The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid - This website has tools and information about financial aid for all students.
  • Money Geek - This is a link to a guide written by the Money Geek staff to help clarify some of the scholarships available for students studying abroad.

Students studying through third-party programs may also want to look into the scholarships and financial aid offered by their programs:

  • API Student Resources - For students studying through API, they offer their own set of scholarship and financial aid options, as well as several other resources to help you along.
  • CIEE Scholarships and Funding - CIEE offers several scholarships to their students. Talk to your study abroad advisor ASAP as there are Champlain specific CIEE scholarships too.
  • CEA Scholarships - CEA offers several scholarships, as well as other financial aid options.
  • The Education Abroad Network - TEAN offers scholarships and other financial aid to their students.
  • AIFS Financial Aid - AIFS offers several scholarships and grants, as well as financial aid.
  • SAI Programs - SAI offers several scholarships and other financial aid options.
  • ISA Programs - ISA admissions has a wonderful website with links to financial aid and scholarship options for their students.
  • SIT Programs - Students studying through SIT can apply for a variety of scholarships and grants through the program.
  • IFSA-Butler - Students who are studying abroad through IFSA-Butler are able to apply for a variety of scholarships through the program.